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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Oct 8, 2009 9:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Yet another Robert Hunter lyrics trivia question

Cmon--that would be too obvious.

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Poster: Stealz Date: Oct 9, 2009 9:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Yet another Robert Hunter lyrics trivia question

I was certain I was right so I went off to bed only to awake and see there is some friendly dispute. I went to the best source I could think of and Dodd's annotation says otherwise.

"Hunter's journal entry from 7/29/96:

7/29
Just in from the midnight swim that transforms me from a stiff middle aged man into a loose guy in his prime. There's a large house visible across the fields which is reputed to be haunted by the ghost of a dog, probable inspiration for the Hound of the Baskervilles (an old local family). Funny tie in there. The song "Dire Wolf" was inspired, at least in name, by watching the Hound of the Baskervilles on TV with Garcia. We were speculating on what the ghostly hound might turn out to be, and somehow the idea that maybe it was a Dire Wolf came up. Maybe it was even suggested in the story, I don't remember. We thought Dire Wolves were great big beasts. Extinct now, it turns out they were quite small and ran in packs. But the idea of a great big wolf named Dire was enough to trigger a lyric. As I remember, I wrote the words quickly the next morning upon waking, in that hypnogogic state where deep rooted associations meld together with no effort. Garcia set it later that afternoon."

http://arts.ucsc.edu/Gdead/AGDL/direwolf.html